Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Lights - by Brad

We watched it snow last night as we were putting up our Christmas tree lights.

Christmas tree lights are nuts.

Four years ago, we purchased approximately 1000 lights (lets say 10 strands of 100). This year, as I was pulling them out of our boxes, I found two strands that would only light up on half of the strand. These particular Christmas lights are not easy to replace. You can’t just pop them out with your fingers. It takes the combination of a knife, two pairs of pliers, and a jack-hammer. This year, I went with an unconventional method and just trashed the two dysfunctional strands. So, it appears that the useful life of a cheap Christmas light set is about 4 years. Now we have the rest of the 4-year old Christmas lights wrapped around our tree, just waiting for the other strands to go out and have to redo the lights.

Back to the snow… I am watching the snow fall out my window right now. We have about three inches here and it is slowly building. I really enjoyed shoveling my driveway this morning because Elliott was right out there with me at 7:30. He stomped through the snow as I shoveled. He only lasted about 20 minutes before he was cold, but we had fun. After three years, it is great that he is now at an age where he can play when I work.

3 comments:

Peaby said...

Sounds like fun. We have yet to put up our tree, lights, or see any snow. I think Wenatchee is ahead of Beaverton in the cool winter ambiance thing...

P-Jak said...

We made record time in getting our tree up. Mission Ridge opens this Saturday... wanna come and ski? I give free lessons with a money back guarantee.

Peaby said...

Nice avitar :-)